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oxaliplatin (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving oxaliplatin (Eloxatin)?

You should not receive this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to oxaliplatin or similar medications such as carboplatin (Paraplatin) or cisplatin (Platinol).

To make sure you can safely receive oxaliplatin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease;
  • high blood pressure;
  • asthma or other breathing disorder;
  • a nerve problem; or
  • if you are using a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use oxaliplatin if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether oxaliplatin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using oxaliplatin.

How is oxaliplatin given (Eloxatin)?

Oxaliplatin is injected into a vein through an IV. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.

Receiving oxaliplatin can make you more sensitive to cold, which can cause numbness, tingling, and muscle spasms. This includes exposure to cold temperature and coming into contact with cold objects. To prevent discomfort, follow these steps:

  • do not inhale deeply when you are exposed to cold air;
  • cover your skin, head, and face when you are outside in cold temperatures;
  • wear gloves when handling cold objects or refrigerated foods;
  • do not run an air conditioner at very cool temperature in your home or car (even during hot weather);
  • do not drink cold drinks or use ice cubes in drinks;
  • do not put ice packs on your body.

Chemotherapy often causes nausea or mouth sores. Do not eat ice chips to ease these discomforts because you will be more sensitive to cold. Talk to your doctor about other ways to treat nausea or mouth sores. You may be given other medications to prevent nausea or vomiting while you are receiving oxaliplatin.

You may need frequent medical tests at your doctor's office to be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects. Your cancer treatments may be delayed based on the results of these tests.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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